Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bobby Pin Menagerie – Teeny Tiny Tuesdays

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Lady Bug Bobby Pins by Hannah Hughes, Make Cake on Etsy.

It’s Tuesday once again, and today’s Itty Bitty lovely thing has been rather easy to pin down. No matter how long or how short your hair is, you can always tuck a little bobby pin in somewhere. Holding back a little strand gone astray, tucked into a sweet chignon, or decorating a braid or pony tail. A little bit retro, a lot a bit cute, these bobby pins are back in style with a tweet, a growl, and a meow. Not just for kids anymore, a sweet little bobby pin is a way you can add a little whimsy to a conservative look. They are little hints at your personality, your sense of fun, and add that little pop of color that will have people around you doing a double take. Wear any of these bobby pins and you will make people smile, I can guarantee it. While you can find these style of hair pins with any number of items decorating them, from bows and roses to jewels and buttons, I decided to present a selection of little beasties today. Have a look, see what catches your eye, and maybe pick-up a very expressive and inexpensive [most range from $5-10 USD/CAD] accessory for yourself or someone you love.

The Birds And The Bees

Yellow Honey Bee Bobby Pins by Kristine, Bee Intrigued on Etsy.

Butterfly Bobby Pin: Green Blue Spots, Natural History Elegance by Heidi, Alpine Gypsy on Etsy.
Worm Caterpillar Polymer Clay Charm Bobby Pin by Natalie Cravens, Are You Stuffed? on Etsy.
Butterfly Bobby Pins – Silver and Gold Contrast by Colleen, Amourx on Etsy.

Bobby Pin – Fabric Animal – Pink and White Bird by Morgan Rae, Metal Adornments on Etsy.

Vintage Green Barrettes by Paper Mache, Plastic Diamonds on Etsy.

Ivory Birdies in Nest Bobby Pin Pair by Emily Lafrate, Tea and Laundry on Etsy.

Blue and Cream Bird Hair Slides by The Lost Property Box on Etsy.

Owl Cookie Bobby Pins by Katarzyna Zdrojewska, Little World of Zjakazumi on Etsy.

Hot Pink Owls – Bobby Pins by Anne, Cute Jewellery & Accessories By Anne on Etsy.

We’re Going To The Zoo!

Monkey (Style 1) Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Koala Hair Clip by Baby Loves Pink on Etsy.

Monkey Bobby Pins – Pink Kitsch Cute Glitter Hair Accessories Kids by Bella Star, Bella Star Glam on Etsy.

Alligator Hair Clips – Bobbie Pins by Bonnie, CREATE HAPPINESS on Etsy.

Penguin Button Hairpins by Crafty Comforts on Etsy.

CATS CAN’T CHANGE THEIR SPOTS Cheetah Hair Bobby Pins – – Gift Packaged by Very Vintage on Etsy.

Maroon Elephant Hair Bobbies by Gen Taylor, The World Famous’s Crafty Place on Etsy.
Giraffe Bobby Pins by Keamana, Keamana Design on Etsy.

 Our Best Pets

Playful Kittens Hair Pins: Kawaii Style Cute Kittens, Glittery Pink, Turquoise, & Orange Sherbert by Amanda S.W., RaleighWood Treasures on Etsy.

Chihuahua Shelter Dogs Bobby Pins Set with Donation Free Shipping by Twilight Shades on Etsy.

Cat Bobby Pins by Cheri, Mama’s Little Babies on Etsy.

Pink Scottie Dog Hair Pin by Zebracakes on Etsy.

Itty Bitty Kitty Hairpins by Missy Kulik, Sugar Cookie on Etsy.

Poodle Bobby Pins, French Inspired, Navy Blue Dahlia Flower, Black Heart – Set of Three by Mary Elliot, Miss Mary Elliot on Etsy.

On The Farm

Sheep/Lamb Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Chickenpants Hair Clips – Set of Two by Claire Chambers, Absolutely Small on Etsy.

Cute Pig Wood Button Hair Pin – Silver Bobby Pin by Desita, Circle Colour on Etsy.
Sheep Shell Hair Bobby Pin by bathroman, You Made My Day on Etsy.

Mouse Hair Pins Paper Clay, OOAK by Brooke Griffin, The Naked Bird on Etsy.

Under The Sea

Origami Koi Bobby Pins by Is It Secret, Is It Safe on Etsy.

Octopus Bobby Pins by Keamana, Keamana Design on Etsy.

Friendly Fish Bobby Pins/ Hair Pins Set of 6 OOAK by Miss Chuga’s Gifts on Etsy.

Hair Pins Bloody Sharks or HAIR Jaws by Kristilyn, Zombie Romance on Etsy.

The Fabulous “Other”

Stegosaurus Dinosaurs Bobby Pin Set by Amber Silcott, One of Everything on Etsy.

Bobby Pins For Kids, Cute Clips – Mini Chenille Birds/Bats by Megha Silvano, Cassyz Cutiez on Etsy.

Yellow Robot Bear Bobby Pins Cute Chic Fun Fashion Kawaii Kitsch Hair Wear by Andreanna, Glamasaurus on Etsy.

Two Fabric Covered Button Bobby Pins – Rabbit and Panda by Heyday Handmade on Etsy.

BAMBI BONES – Skelanimal Charm Hair Pins by Stacy Scissors, Running With Scissors on Etsy.

Bunny Puff Bobby PINS… FREE shipping US by HModine on Etsy.

Cupcake Bear Attack Bobby Pin by Katie MacMillan, Unplanned Joy on Etsy.

What are you still doing on this post? It’s over. Go shop… go! [A little nod to Ferris Beuller’s Day Off there, Hazzah!]

Uncultured Pearls – Motley Mode Mondays

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Genuine Irregular Shaped Pearl Wrapped in 925 Silver, On Silver Chain – B039 by bettylaboutique on Etsy.

It’s fashion post Mondays again, and this week I decided to get all wrapped up in what I call “Uncultured Pearls”. A bit of word play on my part, but it all started with a little look about for irregular shaped pearl jewelry, and then it turned into something else. Irregular jewelry is something that is not really seen in the local jewelry store at the mall or big name designer stores. Those places offer mass produced items, and even if they have customization options, as with a charm bracelet, they are not truly one-of-a-kind [OOAK] items if they can be duplicated exactly by just about anyone with the cash. You would have to work with a jeweler to design something really unique for your Valentine Sweetheart, the only other option is to go with a vintage jewelry piece, which is also wonderful but sometimes very costly.

Broken China Jewelry Handcrafted August Birthday Month Pendant Necklace By Charmedware on Etsy.

Irregular Beautiful Colored Porcelain Pendant OOAK by Porcelain Art Jewelry on Etsy.
Broken China Red Heart Necklace by Robin’s Nest Creations on Etsy.

So what are the options for those of us who want to wear, or gift, OOAK jewelry items that don’t take weeks of planning or searching in a little independent jewelry store or consignment shop? Well, the internet of course. Etsy in particular is a great place to look for really high quality items, it offers small cottage industry artisans a place to sell their one of a kind designs to a wide audience. If you are buying something for a OOAK person, then you want a OOAK item.

Dark Matter – Alchemist – Original Dall Parts Locket Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy.
Baby Blue – Retro Specimen, Cabinet of Curiosities Doll Parts Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy

Red and White Dots Brooch, Love Valentine’s Day by Cerasa’s KITCHen on Etsy.

Here is a beautiful selection of jewelry made with unique items; irregular pearls, odd shaped stones, strange and unique combinations of materials. Sometimes it is how the items are used not so much the fact that they are being used at all that makes for that unique item. Just a simple pendant necklace becomes a really eye-catching creation , it’s a bit like wearing a tiny museum around your neck.

Golden Pyrite Necklace, Freeform Chunky Gemstone Cube, Oxidized Sterling Silver by Great Expectations on Etsy.

 Natural Agate Necklace by Kezi Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.

Strings of beads in semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, glass, coral, or wood strung in unique colour combinations can become absolute show stoppers when they go ‘outside the box’ and use seemingly random combinations. Using materials not normally associated with fashion jewelry making is also really special. Crochet, ribbons, silk flowers, or fabric yo-yos can have huge eye appeal.

Irregular Textile Choker by PirilampoRiscado on Etsy

Chunky Beaded Necklace by Crafts and Love on Etsy.

Dark Red Tones Crochet Long Necklace, Handmade and Beaded, Fabric Roses Flowers by seragun on Etsy.

Even if there are traditional elements to the piece of Jewelry in question, a unique color combination or unique construction method can be very special for a wearer that may not be looking for a statement so much as a piece with personality.

Hand Beaded Green and Light Brown Toned Necklace by ObsidianRain on Etsy.

Charming Mother of Pearl Ring In Warm Colors by DortheasDesign on Etsy.

Necklaces With Free Form Embroidered Pendants MADE TO ORDER by MisPearlBerry on Etsy.

Asymmetrical placements of featured pendants or embellishments, such as a floral element, really add a lot of impact visually. Our eyes and brains are trained to recognize patterns, and when they are not obvious or as expected, they draw our attention as we try to sort out the elements we are looking at. My favorite irregular and OOAK item in Jewelry of any sort is the Pearl, particularly natural pearl with irregular shapes. I find them to be natural wonders, the way pearls and mother of pearl is created is so interesting. Grains of sand that are coated in lacquer over long decades and suddenly you have a beautiful and natural jewel. 

Awesome Three Mother of Pearl Flower, Leaves, Beads – Twisted Wire – Show Stopper by Bella Mia Creations on Etsy.

Copper Wrapped Champaigne Keishi Pearls Necklace by Mayahelena Jewelry on Etsy.

So love those irregular Uncultured Pearls, those OOAK wearable pieces or art. If you want to be a cookie cutter and have the same heart shaped dog tag around your neck as every other person in your circle of friends, that’s fine. But I am more partial to being the one wearing the piece that no one else will ever be able to duplicate because it is mine alone.  Show your Valentine that they are your OOAK work of art by giving them jewelry that is as OOAK as they are.

Sweets For My Sweet – Sweetness Sundays

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A short but very sweet post today, all about the heavenly confections that make life, well, sweet. Most people feel comfortable attempting to bake or cook in their kitchens, but making candy and sweets is still a little daunting to even the most seasoned chefs. Candy isn’t like most kitchen arts, it requires a lot of practice, careful control of temperature and timing, and often special equipment for molding or shaping your creations.  It is for that reason most of us find it easier to buy candy at the corner store or market.

Rolled Sultan Turkish Delight, Rose Flavor by ggbytech on Etsy.

If you are lucky and have a local Chocolatier, Confectioner, or Sweet Shop that churns out fresh hand-made goods, you know where this is heading. Nothing beats the real thing. Handmade candy and confections are not only free of all those preservatives and stabilizers that keep those other manufactured ‘treats’ shelf sitting for months or years on end, but they taste so much better. Often you can get unique flavor combinations that are more gourmet and appeal to a smaller group of consumers, you can also interact directly with the sweet-makers. You can ask questions about ingredients and the things that matter to you about your food, such as local suppliers, green practices, and vegan or health specific issues. Today I present to you a virtual sampler of some beautiful hand-made confections that you can order on-line and enjoy with your valentine(s). At the very least, it may send you looking for you own local sweet shops. Have a “Sweet” Sunday.

Sweet Honeydew, Vegan Handmade Hard Candy by Von Dulce on Etsy.

Organic Freckled Strawberry Marshmallows,  All Natural, Gluten and Egg Free, Kosher by The Realist Mermaid on Etsy.

Simple Chocolate Dipped Pear, Handmade Fresh To Order by Sugar Queen Sweets on Etsy.

Pretty In Pink, Pearl Embellished Hard Candy Lollipops – Made To Order by  Vintage Confections on Etsy.

Rocky Road Fudge, Made Fresh to Order by Fudge Face on Etsy.

Cupcake Crystal Hard Candy Lollipops, Pink Bubblegum by Sweet Lollipop Shop on Etsy.

Valentine’s Day Gift Box of Assorted French Nougat Candies in 5 Flavors, All Natural No Preservatives by Kettle Confections on Etsy.

Lemon Mocha Truffles Worth Puckering Up For, Made in Canada – Semi Sweet Chocolate, Nut Free by My Hands Are Busy on Etsy.

Soft Caramels, 1/2 Pound, Sweet Soft and Buttery by Bubble Gum Art Company on Etsy.

 Vegan Chocolate Fruit Cremes, 7 Flavors, Covered in German Chocolate – Made To Order by Hippie Cakes on Etsy.

Cookie Lovers Delight, Hand Dipped and Drizzled Double Stuff Oreos by Sweet Sophia’s Creations on Etsy.

Shaking Things Up – Strange Stuff Saturdays

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They are quite a pair, those salt and pepper shakers we all have in our kitchens or dining rooms. Sometimes salt and pepper shakers are beautiful crystal antiques, perhaps they are very kitsch, others are mostly utilitarian, and sometimes it is a large grinder that requires a little elbow grease to get the perfect seasoning. In my place, I just use the sea salt in the spice bottle from the market, and my pepper comes in a little bottle with a grinder on top, also supermarket bought. How terribly boring and wasteful, really. Ugly labels, they are not really refillable, and even if I recycle the bottles, it isn’t an ideal situation. So I need to get myself a cute set of Salt & Pepper Shakers. I decided it was a good time to see what I could find on Etsy, so many great vintage picks and handmade or upcycled options. So I ran a search, and of course, came up with oodles of listings. Let me say, before I begin this post, that it is all about the images, I wanted to show you the ones that really stood out, for a variety of reason. Now remember, this is “Strange Stuff Saturday”, so what is strange in today’s post is my immediate reaction to the salt and pepper sets. I am going to show you a pile of great ways to spice up your kitchen, and give you my exact first reaction in a caption below the image. All the individual item Listing Details and Etsy shop links will appear at the bottom of this post, and while my comments might seem odd, or negative, they are in fact the very reason these shakers are fabulous. I don’t want boring, I want funny, ironic, creepy, or just plain strange. Let’s Shake Things Up!

  1. First Rule Of Zombie Land – The Double Tap. [They look like crawling Zombies to me, with bullet holes in their heads!]

  2. Because Everyone Wants To Think About Dirty Laundry While Eating.

  3. There. Are. No. Words.

  4. “I Bagel Your Pardon!”

  5. “Pass The Toe Jam?” [These are a Canadian souvenir set, I am so proud of my country!]

  6. Good Morning. You Are Not Dead Yet.

  7. A Freudian Rorschach Test. What Do You See?

  8. Nothing Classes Up A Kitchen Like A Piddling Puppy

  9. Please Pass The Ass

  10. From The “Bunnies On Acid” Collection

  11. [They are Vintage Nuts, do I actually have to make a smart-ass comment on this one?]

  12. The Eyes, They Follow You No Matter Where You Go. Creepy!

  13. The Fru-eats Of The Day-vil. [“The Fruits of the Devil”, So I Married An Axe Murderer – Mike Myers quote from my very obscure sense of humor.]

  14. If The Salt Looks Like Dandruff… What Does The Pepper Look Like?

  15. Urns. Pepper Flakes. How Wonderfully Macabre!

  16. I Now Understand Why Some People Are Afraid Of Clowns.

  17. This Is What My Eyes Look Like After A Night Of Heavy Partying.

  18. Little Critters in Carbon Freeze, Just Like Han Solo [Star Wars.]

  19. Bam Chicka Wow Wow – Makin’ Bacon!

Pardon my rather odd and extremely obscure sense of humor, but those were my exact thoughts on seeing these strange and wonderful shaker sets. It strikes me that these are almost all, if not entirely, vintage items. It makes you wonder, why is it we get such a kick from these bizarre kitschy items? Were they intended to be funny or is it just a matter of the esthetic at the time. I haven’t seen nearly as many modern salt and pepper shakers that made me laugh as much as this random selection did. I could have gone on and on, there are so many more treasures to be found over on Etsy. Have a great weekend everyone, and next time you look at your own S&P shakers, think of Foraging For Fab!
Image Credits:

  1. Vintage Pushup Salt and Pepper Shakers by Out Of The Pink Sky on Etsy.
  2. Vintage Westinghouse Washer and Dry Salt and Pepper Shakers by Random Voyeur Vintage on Etsy.
  3. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers Retro Holt Howard Grant Pixie PixieWare Elf by Magpie Antiques on Etsy.
  4. Holt Howard Lefton Bagel Donut Salt and Pepper Shakers Two Peppers holt howard strange crazy anthropomorphic by Retro Chalet on Etsy.
  5. vintage salt and pepper shakers – feet – Canada souvenir set by Forrestina Vintage on Etsy.
  6. Pair of Tombstone Salt And Pepper Shakers by Dusty Attic on Etsy
  7. Anthromorphic Mushrooms Salt and Pepper Shakers 1970s by Melony’s Whimsy Daisy on Etsy.
  8. Vintage Dog and Fire Hydrant Salt and Pepper Shakers by Lady Ivy Vintage on Etsy
  9. Texaco Souvenir donkey Salt and Pepper Shakers by Chelles Treasure on Etsy.
  10. Weird and Wild – 1950s Vintage Rabbit Salt and Pepper Shakers – by Goodlookin’ Vintage on Etsy.
  11. Vintage Pair of Nuts – Salt and Pepper Shakers – Nuts by Strange Vagaries on Etsy
  12. Vintage 70’s squirrel salt and pepper shakers with wiggly eyes by Belle Epochalypse on Etsy.
  13. Vintage Garlic Head Anthropomorphic Salt and Pepper Shakers by Two Little Owls on Etsy.
  14. Set of Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers Monk Plastic Hong Kong Japan by Ye Olde Antique Shoppe on Etsy,
  15. Vintage Salt Pepper Shakers 22k Gold Warranted China Porcelain Shaker Set by Carlea Pink on Etsy.
  16. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers, Clown Teapots by The Dish Dash Kitchen Company on Etsy.
  17. Vintage Salt & Pepper Shaker Set Plastic Rooster by Magnolia Vintage on Etsy.
  18. Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers, Circus, Japan by Lulu’s Five and Dime on Etsy.
  19. Vintage Black and White Pigs Salt and Pepper Shakers by Salt and Pepper Mania on Etsy.

A Is For Awesome – Found On A Friday

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I am admittedly slow to catch on to trends, sometimes I need to get hit over the head with something to realize that it is out there at all. It’s even better when that trend is literally AWESOME. Alphabet Photography, the work of Niagara Falls photographer and entrepreneur Jennifer Blakeley is one of those things that make me feel like I am the last to arrive at the party. Jennifer spent over 2 years traveling the world looking for letters in the things we see everyday. I mean that quite literally, Jennifer found shapes and details in architecture and the environment around her that form letters of the alphabet, and then she came home to create Alphabet Photography. With dozens of options for each letter, this stunning photography takes on a whole new dimension when the individual letters are combined to make words, names, or titles.

Starting at under $40 USD/CDN you can get a lovely piece of artwork on your walls that says more than just about any architectural photography could. While each image alone would be a stunning image, beautiful captures with amazing tone, shading, and depth, combined they have a whole new life. This is not “hit you over the head” obvious word-art, this is subtle, and often you really have to look to decipher the words. Jennifer Blakeley has an amazing eye, as most artists do, for seeing things that others simply cannot. Above is one of the Gifts On A Budget options, spelling out the word DREAM. It is Plaqued and Framed, as is the image below, JOY. Both priced at $39.99.

These sepia toned images of the most popular 3, 4, and 5 letter words, all copyright of Alphabet Photography, are available in simple Plaque Mounts as well, for even more economical options. The simple but sweet word LOVE, shown below, would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, the Plaque Mount version is available for only $25 USD/CDN.

But my very favorite part of the Alphabet Photography website, and the best part of the concept by far, is the custom Create A Word application. You can type any word into the window and an instant Alphabet Photography Word will present itself. If you want to adjust the individual letters to ones more or less recognizable, or just more to your liking, you can click on the letter in question and select from over a dozen options in matching sepia toned fabulousness. For fun, I played around with my blog name, FORAGING FOR FAB and created the following three images.

These images are screen captures, which is why they have watermarks over each letter. I also did a little editing to add mats and frames in my own fun bright colors, but they are obviously not actual framed works. I hope Jennifer and the team at Alphabet Photography will forgive me for my little cut and paste, these frame colors are not at all like the stunning frames offered by the company. The Art created using the custom Create A Word application allows you to select matting and frame options, each image is an original printed photograph, and they are custom framed and shipped from the studio in Niagara Falls. Framed, matted custom words start from $145 USD/CDN. In addition to the stunning sepia photographs, there is a “found sign/neon letter” option for individual letters. Prices are similarly variable based on the word length. I created screen captured versions below [and at the top of this post] to give you an idea of what I am talking about, using my pen name/nick name KETSY. Of course a real frame and mat, with actual photographs is going to be far more lovely and of course, watermark free.

This bright version would be a great addition to a child’s bedroom decor, or would suit a more retro designed space. The sepia letters seem so classic, I can see them in an office or study, they would fit into most modern homes with ease. There is also a line of products called the Inspirational Series that includes a poster printed on Photographic Grade paper and mounted on wood, with wood frames. These special prints include sentiments, quotes, and inspirational sayings with the Alphabet Photography words. They would make unique gifts and are reasonably priced at under $50 USD/CDN. Below you will find a lovely example for the word BELIEVE. The text quote reads ‘As you believe, so you become’ – Unknown.

There are heaps more wonderful items available from Alphabet Photography, including a full alphabet poster, calendars, wonderful framing options, single letter prints, and now a new design series featuring an amazing ‘Human Alphabet’ featuring high profile members of Gymnastics Canada. This amazingly beautiful work by Jennifer Blakeley features Canadian athletes forming the letters of the alphabet with their bodies, in part to provide support to Canadian Gymnastics Team as they prepare for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The images are beautiful, inspirational, and so meaningful to athletes and fans of sport worldwide. Find out more about this new project at Limited Time Human Alphabet Art, where 100% of proceeds from the limited edition Inspirational Series and Human Alphabet Poster go towards supporting Gymnastics Canada in the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. These specific products would make the perfect gift for any gymnast, dancer, or athlete in your life, but you can also use the individual images to create, again, custom words. I am going to close this post with one final image captured from the Create A Word interactive tool, featuring this Human Alphabet, and then send you off to explore all the wonderful items on the Alphabet Photography site. GO TEAM CANADA.

    LINKS:

  1. The Original Alphabet Photography
  2. Alphabet Photography on facebook
  3. Jennifer Blakeley Photography
  4. Jennifer Blakeley Photography – Niagara Falls on facebook
  5. Alphabet Photography on Twitter

Note: All Images And Artwork Featured In This Post Is Copyright Of Alphabet Photography, A Registered Trademark. Photography by Jennifer Blakeley. No Infringement Is Intended.

For The Love Of Bundt Cake – Time Travel Thursdays

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Are you a fan of a good Bundt? Cake that is, Bundt Cake, that fancy looking tea-time cake that takes the shape of it’s ringed baking pan. According to the good old Wikipedia, the tern “Bundt” [pronounced as -bunt] seems to derive from the German word Bundkuchen, a ring-shaped cake. The adapted spelling as ‘bundt’ appears in print as early as 1901. So why, you may ask, am I going on about a cake pan? Well, it is Thursday after all, and that means a step back in time to take a look at things too good to be forgotten. The Bundt Pan is a beautiful item in and of itself, with new versions resembling Gothic Architecture, but I am still a fan of the classic style, the one my mother, and grandmother used.

Silver Bundt Pan by The Little Green Vintage Shop.

The cake pan shape itself makes any regular pound cake look so very lovely, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top really highlights the pattern of any particular pan. One of my favorite tricks from my Culinary School days makes any cake pan stick-proof, so cakes come out perfectly. Simply take a pat of room temperature real butter [or margarine if you prefer a vegan option] and coat the inside of the pan lightly, use a scrap of tin foil, clean paper bag, wax, parchment, or any kitchen paper to spread it easily. My mother saves the wrappers the sticks of butter come in for this purpose, which is totally brilliant of her. She keeps them in the fridge until she needs to grease up a pan. The next step is taking a small amount of flour, maybe a tablespoon or two, and then dumping it into the greased pan, do this over the sink to cut down on mess. Turn the pan slowly in your hands and let the flour ‘stick’ to the butter on the pan base. Make sure all edges are covered, then dump any excess flour out. Instant non-stick pan, especially useful for the vintage Bundt Pan. With all the concerns about new fangled non-stick coatings and health issues, it really is a way to go back to basics, literally.

Vintage Bundt Pan by The Rhubarb Studio.

Of course, you could go out and buy a brand spanking new Bundt Pan at any local Department Store, but why not rescue one with some lovely retro charm and vintage credentials. Not only do they make lovely cakes, but the shape is so iconic, people often hang them on walls, use them as planters, or up-cycle them into light fixtures and other amazing do-dads. The ones I have featured on this page are vintage finds from Etsy. These and others are priced so reasonably, often less than a new one, and have that rustic charm built in.

Vintage Stoneware Pfaltzgraff Bundt Pan by The Vintage Heiress.

You didn’t think I would just show a pile of cake pans without sharing my favorite recipe did you? This one is a family favorite, and despite a year of formal Culinary education, I would pick this cake over some of the most fancy schmancy pastries out there. This ones pulls me back in time to the 1970s, when my mother would whip them up regularly if we were getting unexpected guests at the cottage or if she wanted to fill out a large party buffet. This is what I refer to as “back-of-the-box” cooking. You know, those recipes most of us ignore on the packages of food we buy? Well I suspect this one was actually on the Jell-O Pudding box at one time, and I can just picture my mother in 1978, with four children under the age of five, trying to find fast and easy crowd pleasing fare. This is one of those recipes.

Yes, it is exactly that easy. It may not be vegetarian or gourmet, but it is delicious and inexpensive. It also bakes with a beautiful golden brown colour outside, but when sliced you can see a slightly green tinted moist and light cake. You can bump up the green with a little food colouring, just a few drops of green [if you are so inclined], to make the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

This cake has a story behind it in my family. It was a loved recipe, that somehow time forgot by the 80s, when the required Pistachio Jell-O Pudding mix seemed to vanish from the grocery shelf. When we rediscovered it in the 90s, the recipe was long lost and no longer on the package. This was before the great big “World Wide Web” and search engines, and we were sure it was lost forever. Then on a family trip to the ‘States’, we happened upon an old bookstore, and my mother and I were browsing cookbooks. My roaming hands fell upon a Jell-O recipe collection book, and I remembered that cake… and wouldn’t you know it, the recipe was in there! We (now quite guiltily) remember scribbling the recipe down on a piece of scrap paper, and hooray we had it again. Now you have it too.

Your New Collection. Vintage Bundt Pans. by Funretro.

Beyond the obviously Fab vintage Bundt Pans that can be found, there are a lot of lovely items other than cake, that are inspired by that great pan shape. Here are just a few adorable finds. Lovely artwork and miniatures, even jewelry. with the availability of the “Mini” Bundt Pan, people are using it for all sorts of things too, like some fabulous hand-made soaps. Any of these would make lovely gifts, but the gift of a home-baked cake for your family may just be the best thing this Valentine’s Day.

Persimmon Bundt Cake And Espresso- Open Edition Print by Janet Hill, http://www.etsy.com/shop/janethillstudio?ref=pr_shop_more on Etsy.

Original Painting -Red Velvet Bundt Cake at Bookclub 9×12 inch by S. Kim Graber, LaurenFaythe on Etsy.

Dollhouse Miniature Food Raspberry Bundt Cake Slice by Fairchildart.

Strawberry Bundt Cake Pendant by Christina Cainan, Mini Mia Accessories on Etsy.

Bundt Cake Pan Pendant Lamp by Spoken Stitch on Etsy.

Set of 3 Handcrafted Goatmilk Soaps Applejack & Peel Bundt Cake Soaps by Marcia, Adirondacks Soaps on Etsy.

White Truffle Raspberry Bundt Cake Candle..Made with all natural soy wax by Danielle, Pookaberrys Candle Bakery on Etsy.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 2] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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So all you Roller Derby wanna-be babes, like me, we have covered a lot of Fabulous finds in Part 1 of this post. We started with “The Jammin Jewelry” and moved on to “The Blockin Bags“, and amazing array of hand-made, unique, and one of a kind items from all over Etsy, and all with a nod to Roller Derby Divas. We now roll on to “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor

The Whipin Wearables

Va-Va-VOOM Ruffle Butt Hot Pants in Pink – Made to Order by Anna Wilkerson, xANNABOTx on Etsy.

Pretty Girls Turn Heads Roller Girls Break Necks Roller Derby shirt on Alstyle Apparel by Derby Love, blacksheepsk8 on Etsy.

Hand crocheted newborn baby roller derby rollerskates with flower by Charlie Farley, Lottie’s Creations on Etsy.

Skate Scarf and Arm Warmer Set in black and white by Erica, Caustic Threads on Etsy.

Roller derby shorts, The Maple leaf – Canadian flag by Nichola, knickerockeroller on Etsy.

i heart derby girls roller derby shirt by Lyn Hooley, Replica Chicago Inc. on Etsy.

Pair of lime green roller skate patches (more and custom colors available) by Clare, Dolly Cool on Etsy.

Big Girl Panties Magnet or Button – You Choose by Tamara Kraft, Pithitude on Etsy.

The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things

Jammer: 8.5 x 11 magenta on textured white by Heather Webster, Donutdisco Prints on Etsy.


Movie poster Whip It 12×18 inches print by Claudia, Claudia Varosio on Etsy.

11X14 Tattoo Inspired Roller Derby Tribute by Whim Factory on Etsy.

Pop Skates by Lauren Kurtz, ElPonyP on Etsy.

Derby Doll – 8×10 giclee pinup print by Jen Oaks, Jen Oaks Illustration on Etsy.

Retro Roller Skates Photography – TTV Fine Art, roller derby photography , green, red, white on rustic chair – 5×5 by Megan, Jade Eye Photographer on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl Print by Matt Mulford, Mulford Arts on Etsy.

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five Roller Derby Comic by Monica Gallagher, Lipstick Kiss Press on Etsy.

The Derby Decor

Roller Derby girl theme cushion by Gail, ANTEMACCASSA on Etsy.

Roller Derby Mug or Planter – Vintage Disco Skate Ceramic Cup by Tiffa, Hippopo Vintage on Etsy.

Derby Love gift card set. by Infrared Studio on Etsy.

roller derby legs window/car decal by Neil, beepart! on Etsy.

Don’t you just love living vicariously through a little shopping therapy? In this case window shopping as it were. Next time you need a little reminder of how truly tough and cool girls can be, just think about the women of Roller Derby.

NOTE: Official Whip It Theatrical Release Poster above. Directed by Drew Barrymore. Staring Ellen Page, Kristen Whig, Juliette Lewis. Released in 2009.

Roller Derby Dreams [Part 1] – Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays

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OK girls, it’s time to fess up, how many of you have harbored dreams of Roller Derby stardom? I know I have. There is something so bad-ass about the women who Whip It. There seem fearless, fierce, and wild. At one time or another we have all wished we had a place to go, a secret life, where we were strong and powerful, where we had the camaraderie of kindred spirits, where we could let off some steam. We may never actually have the guts to do it, but we can all dream of a night of Roller Derby action. If you haven’t seen it, you need to have a girl’s night where you order up Drew Barrymore’s Whip It (2009) on your Netflix, and live vicariously. I promise you will love it, Ellen Page is brilliant and it is a girl-power fest.



Redhead Rollergirl by Rhoda Perdition on Etsy.

Now that you have a little Roller Derby love-in going on, you will naturally want to have some wonderful trinkets and reminders of the romance. And that’s where Etsy comes in to this little story. There is a whole set of fabulous creators that celebrate Roller Derby babes, culture, and fans. Whether you are a Blocker, Jammer, or Pivot, you’ve got to appreciate some home spun fandom. Here is a Fab sampling of some of my favorite Derby delights.

The Jammin Jewelry

Derby Chicks Rule Brooch in Rainbow by Amanda Whitelaw, Hungry Designs on Etsy.

Silver Roller Derby Winged Skate Necklace by Lauren Grace, Lauren Grace Jewelry on Etsy.

Blue Locket Necklace Roller Derby Queen Vintage Locket by Birds of Oregon on Etsy.

ROLLER DERBY Ring Solid Sterling Silver. Best Derby Accessory, Apart From Your Skates and Protective Gear by Glam Rock Emporium on Etsy.

Rainbow Socks Roller Girl – Roller Skating Scrabble Tile Pendant – Silver Plated Ball Chain Included by Michelle, Creations by M on Etsy.

AWESOME KITSCH ROCKABILLY ROLLER DERBY SKATE NECKLACE by LuliCool on Etsy.

White Resin Roller Derby Love Pendant by Jaime Johnson, Hard Candy Tattoos on Etsy.

Roller Derby Jammer Star BOTTLE OPENER with Keychain 2-1/4 2.25 Green and Black by Amanda Maria Edmonds, amepix on Etsy.

Custom Personalized Pendant – Your Name surrounded by glitter by High Strung Bead on Etsy.

The Blockin Bags

Fuchsia Bird and the Hand Power Skate Tote by Flat Track Revolution on Etsy.

Roller Derby Skates Reusable Natural Cotton Canvas Grocery Tote Bag (Choose Your Ink Color) by Linthound on Etsy.

roller skate clutch – “roller derby disco queen” : hot pink skates on black & white stripes by Kirsten Rangel, Snap Dragon Style on Etsy.

Roller Derby Girl on Girl Action Heads Are Gonna Roll Skating Pinups Cigarette Case or Wallet by SweetHeartSinner Creations on Etsy.

I heart roller derby – Zach Trover for Tinymeat, Wallet by Michael Wood, tinymeat on Etsy.

Roller derby mini messenger bag, mini messenger with pockets, hurt in a skirt, The Falcon by Karen, Zoe’s Bag Boutique on Etsy.

Flask – 8oz. – Hell on Wheels – Stainless Steel by Trixie and Milo on Etsy.


Want More? Of course you do! Check out “The Whipin Wearable“, “The Pivoting Prints and Painted Things“, and last but certainly not least “The Derby Decor” in Part 2 of this post!

Teeny Tiny Tuesdays – Itty Bitty Memories

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As children, we have access to some of the smallest items we will ever hold. Dollhouse miniatures, little LEGO bits, that tiny stuff that popped out of gumball machines, even the little toys in our Cracker Jacks or Pink Elephant Popcorn. Tiny doll accessories, those little cars and trucks, and small beads and stickers that we manage to collect along the way. This is the stuff that we hold on to for a long time past childhood, often only tossing it when we have to move or we run out of drawer space. I had a drawer full of it, some items were stashed into my jewelry box, others sadly moved on to the trash bin. Those were the days before recycling, and also, I might note, the days before we became so hyper-aware of choking hazards.

Sometimes, just the sight of those tiny toys can send us hurtling back through memory lane, and holding them is even more powerful. But where can we find those things long lost and often forgot. Well, some of them are actually available in limited quantities and though they themselves may not be unique or handmade creations [the focus of this blog], they can be used to create more permanent and lasting items that are far more practical. Whether they are turned into jewelry, sculpture, art dolls, or something more is up to the artist, but finding those things no longer an impossible dream. Tiny Things Are Cute is a self described “emporium of little lovelies & wily whatnots”.

Some items are vintage, others new, and still others reproductions, but it is a great site to spend a little time looking around. It’s amazing how many time you will say, “Oh-Em-Gee, I had one of those!”. I am almost certain you will see something you forgot you once treasured, and it may be just the thing you need to re-charge your creative juices, no matter what type of crafty person you are. Here are a sampling of some of my favorite tiny things from the Online Shop, and this is a “Tiny” sampling in every sense of the word. Enjoy.

Items on Tiny Things Are Cute can be found in a variety of materials, including various metals, glass, and plastic. There is also a selection of vintage paper ephemera and toys. Items are divided into categories such as charms, one-of-a-kind, and seasonal finds. If you are a jewelry maker, you can also pick up some great “findings” and parts to help with your creations.

Item availability and quantities available vary depending on the item, particularly for vintage items. Please check Tiny Things Are Cute Website for current stock list and availability.

Perhaps the best deal of all, the “Jar O’Loot. A full 16 oz. grab bag of charms, beads, miniatures, toys, stickers, cabochons, findings, and more – most of which is vintage. Content is similar in each jar but each jar will be different. The surprise factor alone is pretty fabulous! Thank goodness for Teeny Tiny Tuesdays!


  1. Creepy Critters Vintage Gumball Toys (24 for $1.95 USD) Measures about 1″ to 1-1/2″. Made in Hong Kong.
  2. Flicker Watch Vintage Ring (1 for $1.50 USD) Super cute vintage rings that look like miniature watches, flicker face. Measure about 3″ in length.
  3. Hot Dog Plastic Charms (8 for $1.50 USD) Measures about 1″.
  4. Cigar Bands (20 for $1.25 USD) Packets have 20 different cigar bands. Packets may also vary in content. Sizes vary from about 2 – 2.5″ in length.
  5. Chompers Vintage Plastic Charm (1 for $1.25 USD) Mmeasure about 5/8″ x 3/4″ (15x17mm).
  6. Soda Pop Can Plastic Charms (8 for $2.85 USD) Get An Assortment (Pepsi, 7up, Dr. Pepper). Measures a little less than 1″x.5″(24x12mm).
  7. Anthropomorphic Fruit & Veggie Vintage Charms. (6 for $2.85 USD) Measures roughly 1-1/2″ tall. Made in Hong Kong.
  8. Strip Poker Pin-up Vintage Playing Card (1 for $0.75 USD)Playing card with an image of a sexy cowgirl playing what looks like strip poker. These are standard sized playing cards, sold individually, in your choice of Red (left) or Yellow (right).
  9. Wiggle Turtle Vintage Plastic “Mechanical” Charms (6 for $2.95 USD)Charms are randomly chosen and may vary from the colors shown. Measures about 1 1/8″ x .75″(27x19mm). Made in Hong Kong.
  10. Glass Jar and Lid Miniature. (1 for $2.75 USD) Measures 1″ tall including the lid.
  11. Double Heart Vintage Plastic Picks (12 for $3.95 USD) You get a pack of 12 clever picks featuring two hearts with an arrow through them, 3 of each neon color shown. Measures about 6-1/4″ in length. Limited stock!
  12. Plastic Jeweltone Animals (12 for $2.50 USD) Reproductions of vintage toys.For size reference, the alligator measures about 3-1/2″ x 11/16″. May Include dog, seal, elephant, camel, alligator, kangaroo, horse, giraffe, hippo, pelican, rhino, monkey, cow, bear, squirrel, donkey.
  13. Jar O’Loot. 16oz. Assorted Odds & Ends. (As Described Above, $16.00 USD/Jar)

Motley Mode Mondays – Get Tied To These Apron Strings

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One of the reasons I love holidays at my parents home, is that my mother always cooks up a storm. She is a great cook, a wonderful homemaker, and she always wears an apron. You know the one I mean, the one that closely resembles something bought in a hardware store except is is made out of some floral chintz. It’s either that, or one with a kitschy slogan emblazoned across her bosoms, neither one is particularly flattering in front of company. They do what they are intended and this past October 31st, one pulled double-duty as a six-year-old’s “cape” as he went out for Halloween as Harry Potter. My mother wears them, my grandmother always wore them, we played dress-up in them as little girls. I myself haven’t worn an apron since I was in Culinary School, and that was entirely functional and frankly a confining fashion don’t.



Red Hot Polka Dot Retro Apron by Alisann Abee’s Mom, Abee’s Art Studio on Etsy.


Am I the only one of my generation that has dropped the “Apron Strings”? I suspect I am not, but what if an apron was something more than functional. What if it was beautiful, retro chic, cute, colourful, heck… even sexy? Well for today’s Fashion Focused post, I present the most delightful of Aprons, the most fabulous of kitchen couture, and the ones you are going to want to snap up in time to be able to wear them to serve up that Valentine’s Dinner for your sweetie(s). Get a gander at these Fab looks that will definitely have them “kissing the cooks“.



Sexy Schnauzer Dog Retro Apron [Reversible] by Gramma May, Gramma May Handicrafts on Etsy.



Retro Apron Green Vintage Rose Half Apron SOPHIA by Boojiboo on Etsy.



Love Birds and Sky Blue Plaid Hostess Apron by Paula, Ruffled Frenzy on Etsy.



Ruffle Retro Half Apron Teal & Grey by Diana Buznego, Designed by Diana on Etsy.



Retro Apron with Cocktails on a Black Background – Timeless Treasures Fabric by Arianne, It’s Handmade! by Arianne on Etsy.



Retro Apron With Damask and A Splash of Hot Pink by Rebecca Cruz, London’s Laundry on Etsy.



Retro Apron QUEEN Of HEARTS Women’s Full Apron by Lover Dovers Clothing on Etsy.



Retro Apron, Yellow Polka Dot on a Blue Fabric, Half Apron 1950s Inspired by Rosie Ann, Rosie Ann Shop on Etsy.



Vintage Flared Apron – Country Chic Mustard Black Cream – Flair for Cooking Hostess Apron by Great Goods on Etsy

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Retro Half Apron, Vintage Stripe by Kellie E. Edwards, ImaginAprons on Etsy.



Cute Kitsch Apron – Modern Design in Mod Kitchen Stripes and Leaves of Blue and Taupe by Creative Chics on Etsy.


Thanks for indulging me with this picture laden post, but I think most people need to see the front and the back of an Apron to get an idea of how functional it is, and it’s nice to see so many creators didn’t forget to add special details on all sides of these garments. From pockets and frills, to reversible and lined apron’s, this showcase is a great runway to launch you off to the Etsy Shops in question to get a better look.



Mens Apron / Dark Navy Denim Plaid by Erin McIntosh, Dear Edna on Etsy.


I want to add a few more Aprons to this already heavy post, but I think they are important ones. Men cook too and have just as much use, if not more, for a handsome Apron, so I have a great menswear look on deck. In addition, I think our littlest chef’s are not only adorable in Apron’s, but they can certainly use something to guard their party clothes from splashes and stains. This really is a little bit of playing dress-up for everyone, adults included. As always, this is just a small sample of available options, styles, colours, and prints available, and aprons that I personally like for various reasons. You are practically guaranteed to find the apron of your dreams at one of these Etsy Shops. So go ahead and “Get Tied To These Apron Strings“.



Children’s Aprons – A Girl and Her Horse, Pink Horse Apron by Lee Ann, Annie’s Attic on Etsy.



Toddler/Children’s Apron- Dinosaur Orange Reversible by Amber Botticello, Sprock It on Etsy.